JV scores 35 runs in 3 wins

Published 9:26 am Friday, April 27, 2018

Davie’s JV baseball team put up eye-popping numbers last week, scoring 35 runs in three wins and pushing its winning streak to five.

Davie (12-3 overall, 6-2 Central Piedmont Conference) has punished opponents 75-8 during the streak.

Davie hosted East Forsyth on April 17. East ambushed Davie with four runs in the top of the first, even though the visitors didn’t have a hit. Davie helped with an error, four walks and two hit batsmen.

Incredibly, when the first inning ended Davie had a 5-4 lead. The War Eagles went on to win 11-6.

Josh Westmoreland, Joe Johnson and Hunter Meacham had hits in a Davie first that included three walks and an East error.

East scored two unearned runs in the fifth to close within 7-6, but Davie put the game away with four runs – all with two outs – in the sixth. Davie got consecutive hits from Jack Reynolds, Johnson, Meacham, Ethan Wilkins (two-run double) and Bailey McKnight (stand-up triple).

The 2-5 hitters “wore it out” with nine hits and 10 runs, coach Tim McKnight said. No. 3 batter Johnson (4-4, double) and cleanup man Meacham (3-4, double, five RBIs) were especially productive.

Wilkins, winner John Davenport and Johnson shared the pitching duties. Although they walked six and plunked four, they combined on a four-hitter.

“We beat a quality team,” McKnight said. “Anytime you give up a crooked number and you come back in the bottom half and put up a crooked number, that’s huge.”


In a nonconference game at Mooresville on April 18, Davie pounded out 12 hits, Zach Rodgers pitched 5.2 innings and Davie won with ease, 9-1.

Troy Clary (3-3), Westmoreland (2-4, three RBIs), Johnson (2-4, homer) and Beaven Arey (2-3, two RBIs) powered the offense. Johnson slammed a two-run homer in the sixth, marking Davie’s first long ball of the season and Johnson’s first as a War Eagle.

Rodgers walked only two and struck out eight before giving way to Reynolds, who worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

“Zach kept them offstride. His offspeed was really working,” McKnight said. “We put two good offensive games together back to back.”


The War Eagles continued their hot streak at East Forsyth on April 20, winning 15-0 in five innings.

Wilkins enjoyed a huge double dose of success. He pitched a one-hitter with one walk and 11 Ks. He retired East in order from the second through the fifth, fanning all but six batters in the game. What’s more, he went 4 for 4 at the plate.

But Wilkins was hardly alone as an offensive star. Meacham also went 4 for 4 and McKnight 3 for 4 as Davie piled up 15 hits even though it was without Johnson, the shortstop/No. 3 batter who was pulled up to varsity.

“It was an onslaught,” McKnight said. “It was one of the best displays of hitting that I’ve seen in a while. Their coach said: ‘We’re throwing our No. 1 at you today.’ We ripped him.”